HURLEY - The National Rifle Association has donated nearly $15,000 to make improvements to a state-run shooting range in far northern Wisconsin.
The grant will be used to expand the Snaketrack Public Shooting Range in Iron County.
The NRA had previously given a pair of $25,000 grants to upgrade two other Wisconsin ranges: one at Yellowstone Lake State Park in Lafayette County, and the other in the Kettle Moraine State Forest.
Warden Keith Warnke of Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources says all three grants will be matched 3-to-1 from federal grants.
Those grant revenues are taxes that shooters and hunters pay on ammunition and equipment. DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says it's only appropriate for the money to go back toward providing more shooting opportunities.
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander needs new businesses to fill empty stores downtown.
This past weekend 26 properties had an open house. It was organized by Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. (DRI) and Flanders Reality Group. Finding the right home for a business can be hard. But the event tried to help those on the hunt.
"This way, you know, your here, you look, your able to talk to someone who knows the property. And you can really make a really good decision right now today," said Maggie Steffen, DRI Executive Director.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - In Vilas County the courts have a new option for treating drug and alcohol offenders, instead of putting them behind bars.
Today the new Wellness Court was named in Lac du Flambeau. Circuit court judge Neal Neilsen and Tribal Court Judge Gary Smith will work together to help those involved with drugs and alcohol get the treatment they need.
"A traditional court would, more than likely sentence the person to jail or prison, and we've seen studies where that just doesn't work anymore. We need to get creative," said Lac du Flambeau Tribal Chief Judge, Gary Smith.
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